Medical Laboratory Technician Major

The Associate of Applied Science

Contact Information
Pete O'Brien
(731) 424-3520 ext. 50226
pobrien@jscc.edu

Program and Career Description

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) is an essential member of the modern healthcare team and they work in close cooperation with physicians to establish diagnoses and monitor the effectiveness of treatment through direct examination of patients and analysis of specimens. MLT's work in all areas of the lab including chemistry, hematology, microbiology, medicine, immunology, and genetics, or they may specialize and develop expertise such as virology or molecular genetics. MLT's may work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, or in a reference laboratory. Medical Laboratory Technician is #18 on the Best Job List according to the Jobs Related Almanac. A Career Ladder Program has been established to provide additional advancement opportunities. The MLT curriculum is an integrated program in which basic concepts, technical procedures, and laboratory exercises are presented at the college prior to assignment to clinical education at one of the clinical affiliates for practical experience. Students successfully completing the program are eligible for the certification examinations offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), and for licensure in Tennessee.

Admission Requirements

The Medical Laboratory Technician program has specific admission requirements:

Accreditation Information

The Associate of Applied Science Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. (5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL, 60018 or (773) 714-8880) Jackson State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Requirements

(Students may require additional Learning Support courses.)

Communication Requirement
ENGL 1010 English Composition I

Choose ONE Humanities Course
ARTH 2010 Survey of Art History I
ARTH 2020 Survey of Art History II
ART 1030 Art Appreciation
COMM 1851 Intro to Film
ENGL 2111 American Lit: Pre-Colonial - 1865
ENGL 2121 American Lit: 1865 - Present
ENGL 2210 British Lit: Beginnings - 1785
ENGL 2220 British Lit: 1785 - Present
ENGL 2310 World Lit: Beginnings - 1650
ENGL 2320 World Lit: 1650 - Present
HUM 1010 Introduction to the Humanities I
HUM 1020 Introduction to the Humanities II
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
PHIL 1030 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics
THEA 1030 Introduction to Theatre

Social and Behavioral Science Course
PSYC 1030 General Psychology

Natural Science or Mathematics Course
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Additional Courses (Both Required)
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I

Major Required Courses (All required)
MLT 119 Intro to the Medical Laboratory
MLT 120 Pre-Clinical Hematology
MLT 121 Pre-Clinical Blood Banking
MLT 122 Pre-Clinical Chemistry
MLT 125 Basic medical Microbiology
MLT 126 Parasitology and Mycology
MLT 127 Immunology/Urinalysis & Body Fluids
MLT 201 Clinical Practicum
MLT 202 Clinical Practicum II
MLT 210 Intro to Hospital Practice
MLT 217 Clinical Blood Collection
MLT 218 Clinical Seminar & Review

The Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technician requires 66 college
level credits. This is a career program which was granted an exception to the 60 hour limit
requirement reached through Tennessee Board of Regents consensus. The exception was granted due to additional hours needed to adequately cover the necessary learning outcomes and/or to meet national accreditation agency requirements. Some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites.

Medical Laboratory Technician Faculty recommend students take SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech, MATH 1630 Finite Mathematics, CIS 101 Software Applications, and HSC 111 Medical Terminology. These courses are not required for graduation in this program.

Sample Schedule

1st Year, Fall Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I 4
MLT 119 Intro to Medical Lab 1
MLT 120 Pre-Clinical Hematology 4
MLT 127 Immunology/Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2
  Total Credits 15
1st Year, Spring Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MLT 121 Pre-Clinical Blood Banking 3
MLT 125 Basic Medical Microbiology 5
MLT 210 Intro to Hospital Practice 1
  Total Credits 13
1st Year, Summer Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
MLT 122 Pre-Clinical Chemistry 4
  Humanities Course 3
  Total Credits 7
2nd Year, Fall Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
MLT 126 Parasitology and Mycology 2
MLT 201 Clinical Practicum I 10
  Total Credits 12
2nd Year, Spring Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
MLT 202 Clinical Practicum II 10
MLT 217 Clinical Blood Collection 1
MLT 218 Clinical Seminar & Review 2
  Total Credits 13
2nd Year, Summer Semester
NumberCourse NameCredits
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
PSYC General Psychology Course 3
  Total Credits 6